Ann talked about how to sit and meditate at our zendo.
Ann’s talk from today’s zazenkai.
Following our chilly Sunday sit, we shared as a group about what we noticed before, during, and after our sit. A common theme was “COLD.” So now you are warned as a student coming to zazen at Hakone, wear something warm as it is likely to be getting even cooler in weeks ahead. We do have heaters…they just weren’t out yet on this day.
One sharing was around the remembered phrase: “Ever intent, thereby observe the apparent.” And that was the point of the questions. That is the task given to us in zazen, with eventual flow out to our everyday world. Notice, where your mind is as you fully are in this moment. If able to pull the mind away from the many distractions which call to it, you will experience the full aliveness of this moment, no matter what activity you are engaged in. Life, in its many expressions of joy, grief, confusion, clarity, surprise, disappointment, is apparent. Practice becoming more observant to what is completely here now…not just thoughts of the future or past but of this moment. Do this right now..stop reading, breathe, and notice.
Ann talked about the story about a new student trying to be accepted at temple. How we can apply this story to zazen.
Ann talked about Suzuki roshi’s “Beginner’s Mind”, we should have mind of young child.
Ann’s talk about zazen & mind
Rev Ito visited zazenkai and explained writing on the han.
We read a poem, “Butterfly Dream” by Ryokan during zazenkai.
With no mind, the flower invites the butterfly,
With no mind, the butterfly visits the flower.
When the flower opens, the butterfly comes,
When the butterfly comes, the flower opens.
I am the same. I do not know others people
And they do not know me.
But without knowing one another,
We Naturally follow the universal law.